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Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Cautiously Optimistic"

Pro-Life Supporters Stage March to the State Capitol
Supporters are tracking legislation on Capitol Hill, where the Utah Legislature recently convened. Bills include mandating doctors to tell those seeking abortions alternative options and declaring that fetuses feel pain.

Sundance 2017 Day 9 Capsules

Coming of age, giving birth and leaving a family
Wallking Out (U.S. Dramatic) ***1/2 At a point in Walking Out—about a weekend father-and-son hunting trip in the isolated Montana snow—the two fall down, and the 14-year-old son instantly asks Dad if he's okay without even checking himself. Writer/directors Alex and Andrew Smith don't underline it, but it's the most important moment in the film, a true coming-of-age story.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Liquor, Weed and More

... it's Friday at the Utah Capitol!
On the subject of pot, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says “we ought to put money forth so we can do the appropriate research … We’ve wasted a lot of time by not doing this a decade ago.”

"Make America Smart Again"

Water protectors congregate to denounce Trump's DAPL reignition.
In late November, the federal government announced a halt to the construction of the pipeline. But this week, President Trump signed an executive order reviving the DAPL, as well as the Keystone Pipeline.

Sundance 2017: The Story So Far

One week in, a summary of this year's biggest festival stories.
Only a few days of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival remain, and it's been an odd year for the event. From the weather to the intrusion of real-world political events, Sundance often felt like the movies were less at the forefront than usual.

Sundance 2017 Day 8 Capsules

Hologram Hamm, Egyptian noir and journalism in peril.
Marjorie Prime (Premieres) **1/2 Writer/director Michael Almereyda adapts Jordan Harrison's 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist play in a way that somehow flattens the human emotion into chilly science fiction, leaving its ideas to drift like thesis statements. In an unspecified near future, 86-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith), experiencing progressive dementia, receives therapeutic assistance in the form of a holographic computer program simulating her dead husband, Walter (Jon Hamm) while being cared for by her daughter (Geena Davis) and son-in-law (Tim Robbins).

Local Releases: Cherishing What We've Got

Brand new albums from Cherish DeGraaf, Channing Olivia Hyde, Epoch Strata and more.
While we're slowly headed into recovery mode from all the film festival action this past week, we're also getting back to having release shows on a more regular basis. We got one happening at the start of February, but first, here's some local albums that were put online.


A look inside SLC's latest downtown event space.
Downtown may sadly be going through an age of gentrification, but the area still boasts plenty of secret locations that have surprises and history within. One of the latest examples of this is Clubhouse, located in the building that used to hold the old Ladies Literary Club on South Temple.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

“There’s Clearly No Answers”

U of U forum sparks civil debate among supporters and opponents of Bear Ears monument designation.
In dire terms, Utah politicians have blasted the designation made by former President Barack Obama in late December to designate Bears Ears. Now are calling on President Donald Trump.

The Pipeline: Resident Evil 7 Is Horror Personified

Capcom left me bug-eyed and bloodied. I like it.
In the heyday of the original PlayStation, the two series that scared the living hell out of most every gamer were Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Oh sure, other titles might give you a great jump here and there, or catch you off guard when you're not expecting it, but these two set the standard we've been following for more than two decades.

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